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Williams v. California

Petition for certiorari denied on February 24, 2014
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-494 Cal. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2013

Issue: (1) Whether, as some courts have held, reviewing courts are required to accord “great deference” to unexplained Batson v. Kentucky rulings where the trial court does not demonstrate on the record that it has evaluated “all of the circumstances that bear upon the issue of discrimination,” or whether, in light of Snyder v. Louisiana and as other courts have held, reviewing courts should not defer to the trial court’s unexplained determination of a Batson objection; (2) whether a reviewing court may defer to a trial court’s Batson ruling where the trial court acknowledges that it is unable to independently evaluate the prosecutor’s contested, demeanor-based explanation and denies a Batson motion by simply accepting the prosecutor’s stated reason after observing that it comports with racial and gender stereotypes the judge believes to be true.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Aug 30 2013Application (13A234) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from September 17, 2013 to October 17, 2013, submitted to Justice Kennedy.
Sep 5 2013Application (13A234) granted by Justice Kennedy extending the time to file until October 17, 2013.
Oct 16 2013Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due November 18, 2013)
Nov 13 2013Order extending time to file response to petition to and including December 18, 2013.
Nov 15 2013Brief amici curiae of The National Congress of Black Women, et al. filed.
Nov 22 2013Brief of respondent California in opposition filed.
Dec 10 2013Reply of petitioner George Brett Williams filed. (Distributed).
Dec 11 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 10, 2014.
Jan 13 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 17, 2014.
Jan 17 2014Record Requested .
Jan 21 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 24, 2014.
Jan 24 2014Record received from the Supreme Court of California (4 boxes).
Feb 10 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of February 21, 2014.
Feb 24 2014Petition DENIED.